Auction Update Review

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The Auctions in High Cotton

Heading into the holidays auction houses around the world are completing their final sales ahead of the winter solstice.  This week twenty-three sales were archived:  thirteen in Euros, five each in British Pounds and US dollars.  Total turnover was a respectable $11,094,596 or 89% against an aggregate high estimate of $12,521,567 – a strong if not stellar performance given this is the crescendo of the season.  December, when auction realizations often explode, sets the table for the spring session and the year ahead.  This year the auction houses have labored under the twin constraints of international financial uncertainty and the ever-closer drumbeat of retiring dealers who are slowing their buying and sooner or later, will be consigning to the rooms.

 

For the week 14,562 lots were offered and 10,152 sold for a 70% success rate.

 

The following sales reached or exceeded 100% of their aggregate high estimates.

 

Piasa.  Autographs on December 6th:  168%

Piasa.  Modern Prints – Henri M. Petiet Prints and Manuscripts on December 8th:  128%

Ferraton.  Books, Manuscripts and Books on December 2nd:  119% 

Osenat.  The French Empire in Fontainbleau on December 4th:  113%

Keys Fine Arts.  Books Day 2 on December 2nd:  107%

 

Three sales had turnover of more than a million dollars:

 

Sotheby’s.  Western and Oriental Manuscripts on December 6th:  $1,548,039

Christie’s.  Prints on December 7th:  $1,138,375

Artcurial Briest-Le Fur-Poulain-F. Tajan.  Prints and Illustrated Books on December 6th:  $1,021,614

 

The following sales are scheduled over the next nine days:

 

December 12th Alde.  Library of Amateur from Lyon (17899)

 

December 13th          Ader.  Autographs et Manuscripts (11571)

                                    Alde.  Ancient and Modern Books (17320)

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneers.  Important Irish & English Literature, Manuscripts & Maps (121311)

                                    Sotheby’s.  Fine Books and Manuscripts (N08811)

                                    Swann Galleries.  Important Photobooks & Photographs (2265)

 

December 14th          Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books, Autographs and Prints (ROMA-68)

                                    Bloomsbury Auctions.  Books, Manuscript, Maps and Works on Paper (35863)

                                    Bonhams.  Entertainment Memorabilia including Animation Art (19431)
Dominic Winter Book Auctions.  Books and Maps (12142011)

                                    Mealy’s Auctioneers.  Important Irish & English Literature, Manuscripts & Maps (121311)

 

 

December 15th          Alde.  Autograph letters and Manuscripts, Music (17321)

                                    Bonhams.  Fine Books and Manuscripts (19427)

                                    Dominic Winter.  Children’s Winter Book Auctions (12152011)

                                    PBA Galleries.  Americana – Travel – Cartography (469)

                                    Profiles in History.  Icons of Hollywood (121511)

                                    Sotheby’s.  English Literature, History, Children’s Books (NO8812)

                                    Swann Galleries.  The Complete Poster Works of Roger Broders (2266)

 

December 16th          Christie’s.  The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor:  Fine and Decorative  Art & Film
 Memorabilia, including costumes (2634)
Profiles in History.  Icons of Hollywood (121511)

 

December 17th          Christie’s.  The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor:  [online auction) (23616)
Profiles in History.  Icons of Hollywood (121511)           

 

December 19th          Christie’s.  Photographs (2495)

                                    Christie’s.  Photographs (2524)

 

December 21st           Dorotheum.    Books and Decorative Prints (12111)

 

Best wishes,

 

Bruce McKinney

AE

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Manhattan Gay Scene Guide 1969, Summer Edition,</i> Mattachine Book Service. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. $8,000 to $12,000.